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Kill Me (Alan Gregory #14)

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,937 Ratings  ·  305 Reviews
Throw out everything you think you know about twists, turns, and surprises.
Get ready for the next big thing.
Get ready to meet the Death Angels.

We’ve all been there. A loved one or a dear friend becomes desperately ill or is tragically injured. Someone - maybe even you - says, "If that ever happens to me, I wish someone would just . . . kill me."

What if you could choose whe
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Published March 2nd 2006 by Brilliance Audio (first published January 1st 2006)
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Cassandra Gore
Jul 27, 2012 Cassandra Gore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have loved the whole series of Stephen White's Alan Gregory books. This book was meant to be a "stand alone" book with Alan Gregory as a minor character in the book. For me, when I read a book and I continue to think about it after I am done- that is an amazing book. Well, I read this book when it came out in 2007 and I still think about it. This is a book I would recommend to anyone - it is definitely one of the best books I have ever read. Now what was interesting to me was that many of Step ...more
Frances
Oct 31, 2015 Frances rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5* Kill Me is a very distinct and unusual book which starts slowly but soon hooks you in by creating a perfectly brilliant dialogue by the main character talking to a car salesman; this alone is well worth the read. Although the author doesn’t give a name to the main character he becomes a patient to psychologist Dr. Alan Gregory. The “patient” genuinely doesn’t want to die, but he is determined to never be left in a vegetative state should an accident or health issue occur. He embarks on this ...more
Albert Riehle
Jun 08, 2012 Albert Riehle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
As I read this I told friends: I’ve been reading a really great book and as I was getting deeper and deeper all I could concentrate on was the hope that writer—and this was my first time reading him—didn’t fuck up the ending after doing such a great job on the premise and build up of the story. It was poised on thebrink for quite some time. It really could have gone poorly. I am VERY pleased to announce though, that I was not disappointed in the slightest and the ending of the book was not what ...more
Marin
Jul 11, 2007 Marin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: very few people
While the premise is interesting (people with lots of money can set parameters under which they wouldn't want to live anymore -- like debilitating illness, paralysis -- and a company will kill them and make it look like an accident so they don't have to kill themselves and lose face), I read Stephen White for Dr. Allen Gregory and Dr. Gregory was barely there.

Not only that, I LOATHED the main character and it's very hard for me to like a book where I don't like the main character.
Stuart Murray
Review of Kill ME Stephen White
This book rated a 2 star at the beginning, a 5 star half way through then fell off near the end for a 3 star overall. Cut out 75 pages, make it more believable and it would have been a solid 4 star read.
Starts off a little too slowly with endless discussions on how an obscure organization will take care of terminating someone’s life when the situation dictates. The unnamed principle character signs up, wants in and even when initially rejected insists on signing hi
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Marian
Oct 14, 2011 Marian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best Stephen White book (Alan Gregory) I've ever read. I'm not that hooked on these books but this one is SPECIAL!!!!
You are not able to read it and forget it. It will make you think for a very very long time. Probably change a lot of preset end of life views you've always thought were unchangeable.
Great read!
Jacque
Apr 09, 2016 Jacque rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I have all of Stephen White’s books but this is by far my favorite. As with previous White novels, it is set in the present day and in Colorado. But in this one his regular character, Dr. Alan Gregory, has only a minor but interesting role. The main character is an extremely wealthy, powerful and active man who does not want to live in a disabled or vegetative state. He is a nameless patient of Dr. Gregory’s who has taken his desire far beyond having a Living Will. He has purchased “death insura ...more
Greg Van Vorhis
Nov 07, 2011 Greg Van Vorhis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book raised some really good questions, like how you would face death if you were given "bad news," and is there ever NOT unfinished business? When do you let go? When should you live for others and when should you die for yourself? And many more.

The problems with the book were also many. For instance, as a middle-class American, I failed to have much empathy at all for the main character. It's difficult to do that when you are struggling to pay the mortgage in this economy while the story'
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Brian Vickery
Jul 30, 2016 Brian Vickery rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first Stephen White book I've read, and I didn't realize that the Alan Gregory character is carried through most of his books...otherwise, I probably would have gone searching for #1.

Having said that, Kill Me was an excellent introduction to White's writing style. Because it isn't so much from the point of view as Gregory, the book completely stands on its own.

I've read several good books this year, but I'd put this one near the top. The concept captured my attention, the book reads
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Marley
Sep 21, 2007 Marley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007
interesting premise: someone with a terminal disease hires Death Angels to kill him when his quality of life dips below a certain point, so he wont have to live in pain or burden his family with the decision of when to pull the plug. But...what if he wants to live? Woah, who could have seen that coming! It would have made a great short story. But beyond the admittedly-engaging premise, it was just terrible.
Lauren Stoolfire
Nov 13, 2014 Lauren Stoolfire rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When I picked this up at a local thrift shop, I thought it sounded like it was right up my alley. Unfortunately, it took far too long for me to get into the main story of a man who has chosen to die and has taken out a contract with the right people to make sure it happens even if he changes his mind. I also wasn't a fan of the narration and writing style. I found myself skimming over large portions. I'd never read anything by Stephen White so I thought I would give it a try, but it just wasn't ...more
Zora
May 10, 2016 Zora rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful high concept premise, poorly executed. The writing is workmanlike, but it becomes impossible to suspend disbelief at many points, and it starts terribly slowly. Also I felt as if I were being lectured to that suicide/euthanasia in the face of excruciating pain or humiliating loss of brain function are bad ideas, and I really resent that lecture, which likely derives from a religion not my own. If anything, it made me more certain than ever that if I get such a diagnosis I am offing mys ...more
Ed
Oct 13, 2015 Ed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Suspense, thriller fans.
A totally unexpected direction by White. The main character is not the usual Dr. Alan Gregory but rather, a rich, somewhat narcissistic rich entrepreneur, whose full name we never learn.

While skiing, he has a brush with death and simultaneously learns that a friend will be in a vegetative state for the rest of his life. He tells one of his "adventure" buddies that he doesn't want to end up in the same situation. This friend puts him in touch with an organization that guarantees a quick death und
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Jill
Mar 23, 2015 Jill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The good news is that the author is a terrific writer. You want to keep reading because of the quality of the writing.

The bad news is the story has a hole in it the size of the Grand Canyon. It could be possible to read this story without paying too much attention to this ginomourous hole, but that wasn't the case for me. I kept screwing up my forehead at various plot turns, saying to myself "What?! That makes no sense!"

Kind of gets in the way of losing oneself in the plot.

So this wealthy-beyond
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Maddy
Mar 27, 2015 Maddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2006-reads
PROTAGONIST: Dr. Alan Gregory
SETTING: Boulder, Colorado
SERIES: #14 of 14
RATING: 3.75

He's a risk taker, a daredevil, an adventurer. There is no challenge that he is unwilling to face. Off with his buddies on a skiing vacation, soaring through the Canadian Rockies, he has a terrible accident when a shelf of snow that he is standing on crumbles. Rolling down the mountain, two trees dead ahead, and somehow he manages to avoid almost certain death, with only a debilitating injury to his left arm to s
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Echo
Sep 09, 2010 Echo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, to-recommend
This was such an amazing book! I checked it out just because it looked like a good, fast-paced thriller. Which it absolutely was, but it was also so much more! A story about a wealthy man living an adrenaline-junky life, always on the edge. One day he has a close brush that could have ended in death & finds out a good friend will be in a vegetative state for the rest of his life. this leads him to finding an "insurance" company specializing in quality of life. A client sets certain perameter ...more
Lois Duncan
Jul 27, 2011 Lois Duncan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't normally like reading a series, because if you don't start with Book One and read them in order, you don't know the background of the various characters and the later books don't fully make sense. It's like going to a party at which all the other guests, whom you've just met, have known each other since kindergarten.

But I do enjoy a number of the books in Stephen White's Alan Gregory series. Especially those that are written from the viewpoint of one of Dr. Gregory's assortment of strang
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Mrs.b
May 09, 2011 Mrs.b rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cool setting - Denver! I think that my enjoyment was increased as I recognized many of the settings in the text. The chase scene through the Eisenhower Tunnel on I-70 was quite exhilarating, if memory serves. I did not have too much sympathy for the main character - I am rather tired of men behaving badly. I am glad I found this review in my other book, as I shared then that I would read more from this author. I shall add him to my summer reading list - perhaps there are some ebooks that I can g ...more
Mary
Mar 13, 2013 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite different from his other books. I wanted to have Alan Gregory more a part of the story. But it was very interesting. I'm not sure I quite bought into whether I think this scenario could really happen, but it was a thought provoking concept that someone would pay other people to end their life should one become disabled in some way. This wealthy man does, and of course crosses that threshold a lot sooner than he expects. What ensues is intriguing, including how the author will have it come ...more
Barbara
A fast-paced and fascinating study of what to do when one faces possible long-term debilitating illness. As the blurb says in the description of the book, this is a roller coaster of a book. The pace never slackens and the characters are well-drawn. I loved the beginning and middle of the book. The last part of the story became more and more far-fetched. Too bad. I really liked the writing but it got into the realm of unreality when it could have maintained the suspense and discussed the issues ...more
Mom
Jun 08, 2016 Mom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this story of a rich guy who hires a mysterious company to kill him rather than die naturally with any kind of disability, but when it comes down to it, he changes his mind. Very unlikeable guy--adulterer, self justifying, self important, so sure of himself and unable or unwilling to consider anything but thrills whether financial, sexual or daring sports, a macho man who remains confident in his superiority in all those, without consciousness of the outsize mess he makes. Manages ...more
Simone Sinna
Dec 09, 2014 Simone Sinna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a White fan, having read all the Alan Gregory series that I could get on kindle and then recently sidelining into The Siege which takes Alan’s cop friend into a story of his own. I hadn’t realized this was a Gregory novel – it too is a bit of a sideline because in this Gregory had a bit part, and our hero is …well actually I don’t think we ever know his name (told in first person) and I only just realized! So as I said, I am a White fan and this isn’t going to change that – to the contrary, ...more
Kathy
Jun 15, 2014 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read by this author and it hooked me. I realize after reading the reviews that people weren't happy that Dr. Gregory was a minor character. I was thrilled to learn there is a whole series based on him. I'm looking forward to getting to know him.
Kill Me is a fascinating premise of whether or not you'd choose to die based on parameters you set for yourself should you become Ill or debilitated. It makes you think what you would do if you had the choice.
Being new to thi
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Alejandra
Jan 31, 2014 Alejandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've had this book for several years now and the bright yellow cover always screamed at me wanting to be read. I am glad I finally listened because this is one hell of a ride!
This is the story of a man who loves living life to the fullest. This same passion towards life is the deciding factor that makes him hire the services of the Death Angels. What this organization does is charge a fortune to kill you. Yes: you decide when you will require their services by setting a series of lines that if c
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J. Giggles
It saddens me to give a book by one of my favorite writers ONLY 2 STARS! The story was good (ish). The writing style drove me to distraction. It seems almost as if he gave the idea to someone else to write the book for him. Someone not quite as talented. It could have been a very good book but ended up merely Ok. (sigh)
Lloyd Staples
I enjoyed the book. The flow of logic was dubious and contradictory at times. The author made up and changed the rules of the game as he saw fit. Characters where complete and interesting, so if you don't over think this one too much it's a pretty enjoyable read.
Sherie
Mar 17, 2014 Sherie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For me, this seemed like a pretty pedestrian thriller. The protagonist is a super wealthy and incredibly clever man which is handy as he has to do some off the charts things that your ordinary fellow could never accomplish. Also, that premise allows the reader to accept the things that might challenge our reality. Knowing how it would end made reading it a little less thrilling, but the author saves it from banality near the end when he waxes eloquent on the notion of the "if" in any situation - ...more
Jesse Menoni
I liked it until the horrible ending. Not to mention why does he love his illegitimate kid so much more than his two legitimate ones that he practically forgets them all together??
Jessica
Mar 20, 2012 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had a very hard time getting into this book or even finishing it. It didn't grab my attention and I didn't love the author's writing style. Unfortunate...
Breanne
Apr 10, 2012 Breanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Definitely not my favorite Stephen White book- there was more language and sensuality than I wanted. But it was an interesting and intense story.
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Stephen White is the author of the New York Times bestselling Alan Gregory novels. In his books, he draws upon over fifteen years of clinical practice as a psychologist to create intriguing plots and complex, believable characters.

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